Category Archives: Film Festivals

Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave Of Programming Including “Arrival,” “The Handmaiden,” And More

Amy Adams (right) as Louise Banks in ARRIVAL by Paramount PicturesThe lineup for Fantastic Fest 2016 grows more with its recently announced 2nd wave of programming. Topping the list is their opening night film Arriva, the highly anticipated sci-fi pic from Denis Villeneuve starring Amy Adams. Also set to bow at this year’s fest are Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden and The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her cult hit A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

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New York Film Festival Highlights Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and More in Documentary Lineup

Debbie Reynolds Carrie Fisher ExcerptThe famed mother-daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is well-known and come fall, they’re going to have a new spotlight on them: the 54th New York Film Festival, when their documentary Bright Lights screens there. This is only one of several documentaries that the Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled for this year’s festivals.

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“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” To Make Its World Premiere At The New York Film Festival

bill-lynns-excerptAng Lee’s adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is set to have its world premiere at the 54th annual New York Film Festival on October 14. For everyone else who won’t be able to make it to New York for the fest, the feature will open in theaters in November.

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Exclusive Footage Of “Hidden Figures,” “Black Mirror” & “Transparent” Episodes To Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival

hidden-figures-excerptIt seems that the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival can’t stop announcing amazing additions to their program — which is already incredibly robust to begin with. The festival will present a first look at Hidden Figures as well as episodes from critically acclaimed television series Black Mirror and Transparent.

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces Slate For Gala And Special Presentations

TP_D071_19692The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival has already unveiled a slate of programming filled with a spectacular slate of world premieres and high-profile films — but why stop there? TIFF has added even more premieres in their gala and special presentations as well as their Masters Program.

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Dates For 2017

tribeca-film-festival-excerptMake sure you mark your calendars. The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival is set for April 19-30, 2017. The New York City fest will also welcome Cara Cusumano as the new Director of Programming.

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces “Jackie,” “Moonlight,” And More In 2nd Annual Platform Program

jackie-excerptAn impressive slate of thought-provoking films has been announced for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform, a juried program that highlights and champions the work of directors from around the world.

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Toronto International Film Festival Announces Doc Lineup, Midnight Madness, And Vanguard Program

free-fireThe Toronto International Film Festival has rounded out their 2016 slate of films with a robust lineup of documentaries as well as prime picks for their Midnight Madness and Vanguard programs.

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New York Film Festival Announces “Personal Shopper,” “I, Daniel Blake,” And More For 2016 Main Slate

personal-shopper-excerptAfter announcing their impressive opening and closing night films, the 54th New York Film Festival has unveiled their main slate which includes festival circuit favorites as well as noteworthy premieres.

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Toronto International Film Festival To Showcase Bold Storytelling In Canadian Lineup

its-only-the-end-of-the-world-excerptIt wouldn’t be the Toronto International Film Festival if it didn’t showcase filmmakers from their own country. From acclaimed veterans to emerging talent, TIFF has an impressive lineup of documentaries, dramas, thrillers and animation.

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Fantastic Fest 2016 To Screen “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” And More

fantastic-fest-2016-logoThe first wave of programming for the 12th annual Fantastic Fest has been announced and it promises to deliver the goods when it comes to genre-twisting cinema. The Austin-based fest will feature a red carpet screening of Tim Burton’s upcoming adaptation of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children starring Eva Green and Asa Butterfield.

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TIFF 2016 To Open With “The Magnificent Seven” And Premiere “La La Land,” “Deepwater Horizon” And More

magnificent-seven-tiff-excerptThe first round of titles in the Gala and Special Presentations programs at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and as usual, it’s quite an impressive mix of box office draws, international fare, indie picks, and awards season bait.

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“Transparent” Creator Jill Soloway And Others To Speak At SXSW 2017

jill-soloway-excerptThe lineup of speakers is starting to take shape for South by Southwest 2017. The festival continues their tradition of converging the interactive, film and music industries with a unique cross section of speakers and panelists and one of the first names to be added to the list is Transparent creator Jill Soloway.

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Ava DuVernay Prison Documentary “The 13th” To Open New York Film Festival

ava duvernayThe 54th New York Film Festival is set to open with the hot button topic of mass incarceration via Ava Duvernay’s documentary The 13th. The fest will serve as a stage for the world premiere of the film, which will later debut on Netflix and in limited theaters on Oct. 7.

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Retro Review: Why “Independence Day” Is The Quintessential Popcorn Blockbuster

independence-day4_resized With Independence Day: Resurgence set to invade multiplexes this weekend, we take a look at the original, the quintessential popcorn blockbuster that is Independence Day.

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“La La Land” Starring Ryan Gosling And Emma Stone to Open Venice Film Festival

lala_land_featureDamien Chazelle wrote and directed the film which will also star John Legend and J.K. Simmons, who earned an Oscar for his role in Chazelle’s other musically-oriented pic Whiplash.

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Equity Film Review: Stylish and Slick, But Doesn’t Add Up — LAFF

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Director Meera Menon delivers some notable moments and textbook financial thrills via Amy Fox’s script, but Equity tries too hard to be the “first female-driven Wall Street film” rather than being a dynamic film that doesn’t drag its feet.

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Chee And T Film Review: A Low-Key Comedy That Will Make You Love Your Crazy Cousin — LAFF

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In its own unconventional way, Chee and T tells the story of the resident obnoxious cousin in your family but with a hearty helping of dry humor, wit, and the perfect amount recreational drug use.

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11:55 Film Review: A New School Twist On The Old Fashioned Western — LAFF

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Pulled from Almanzar’s personal experiences and framed with Issler and Snyder’s use of Western elements, 11:55 is a captivating moral story of vengeance, family, and friendship.

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Don’t Hang Up Film Review: A Cautionary Tale About Prank Phone Calls — LAFF

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Don’t Hang Up takes prank phone calls to a whole new, messed up level, but in the end, the movie seems like a really cool ’90s horror flick trying to find its place in 2016.

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Opening Night Film Review: The Behind-The-Scenes Broadway Comedy Hits A High Note — LAFF

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Clever and subversive, Opening Night pokes fun at jukebox musicals and all the big personalities living their dreams out on Broadway — but that’s the joy of the movie.

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The Complete Lineup Of The 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival

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The Shanghai International Film Festival is set to begin this month and has announced a wide variety of films in this year’s lineup. Among the titles are Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire and Chinese rocker Cao Baoping’s Coke And Bull.

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7 Stories From Cannes That You Might Have Missed

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival wrapped over the weekend and like every other year, there were some highs and some lows, some standing ovations and, yes, some boos. Here’s a few of the top takeaways from this year’s fest.

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival – The Complete List Of Winners

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On Sunday, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller’s jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival handed out awards to the best of the fest on the Croisette.

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Cannes Spotlight: Richard Gere’s “The Dinner” Acquired By The Orchard And “Mimosas” Wins Big At Critics Week

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The news from Cannes this week includes The Orchard nabbing Richard Gere’s The Dinner and the heap of critical praise for Oliver Laxe’s Mimosas.

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We Do It Together Taps Freida Pinto & Juliette Binoche To Star In “Together Now” — CANNES

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We Do It Together has set Together Now as its first feature film with Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche attached to star.

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Celluloid Dreams Lands “Bone Tomahawk” & Daisy Ridley-Narrated “The Eagle Huntress” — CANNES

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Celluloid Dreams has secured deals for Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, and the documentary The Eagle Huntress, executive produced and narrated by Daisy Ridley.

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Cannes Spotlight: Martin Scorsese Mobster Pic Garners Buzz, Halle Berry & Michael Douglas Set For “Silence”

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We’re a couple days into the Cannes Film Festival and there’s a considerable amount of buzz around Martin Scorsese’s forthcoming The Irishman and the long list of deals to report including the Halle Berry and Michael Douglas drama Silence.

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{Exclusive} Cannes Film Festival 2016 Party And Event Grid! (Updated Daily!)

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week, and we’ve got your guide to the exclusive parties and events going down on The Croisette. Get exclusive info on over 60 parties, events, lounges and panels! (This list will be updated as the event goes on!)

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Sam Mendes Chosen To Head The Venice Film Festival Jury

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Director Sam Mendes will take the seat at the head of the jury table at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.

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